Being right about Bernie doesn’t make it any better

by Jay Monaco It's not always fun to be right. It was Monday, the big explosive opening night for the week-long televised self-congratulatory festival of tepid liberalness - the Rave for Real Realistic Realism - that is the DNC. Bernie Sanders, self-described independent democratic socialist senator from Vermont and erstwhile candidate for President slash commandante … Continue reading Being right about Bernie doesn’t make it any better

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Is anyone here serious about “political revolution”?

by Jay Monaco Midnight, Suicide Wednesday. These, the opening moments of the depressing slog that inevitably follows Super Tuesday returns, are made all the worse by the fact that those returns offered up iron-fisted testament to the supreme domination of one Donald Trump on one side and one Hillary Clinton on the other. Unless you're a white … Continue reading Is anyone here serious about “political revolution”?

Socialist Punditry: What’s up with the 2016 elections and where do we fit in?

I used to love elections. More than almost anything in the world. Make fun of me all you want to, but for almost a decade, that wondrous msnbc RESULTS! theme would send surges of dopamine to my politically-addled brain. I loved the constant conflict, the ups and downs of the horserace, the rush of belonging … Continue reading Socialist Punditry: What’s up with the 2016 elections and where do we fit in?

A Young Socialist Against Sectarianism

So according to an editor's note in the blog linked below, it turns out Paul Goodspeed may not actually be the only member of DSA in New Hampshire, after all - but regardless, he certainly represents them well. In a previous guest post for CNE, Goodspeed described his experiences attending the DSA's youth conference held this … Continue reading A Young Socialist Against Sectarianism

Argument and Analysis: Pro-Sanders Guest Post, Part II

Editor’s Note: A couple of weeks ago, I reached out to Socialist Alternative, the ISO, and the Green Partywith a “memo” regarding intelligent, practical cooperation – or at least dialogue – on The Sanders Question. Despite the piece being read and shared much more widely than I would have expected – thank you, good readers … Continue reading Argument and Analysis: Pro-Sanders Guest Post, Part II

Special Guest Post: A Pro-Sanders Dissenter Speaks

Editor's Note: A couple of weeks ago, I reached out to Socialist Alternative, the ISO, and the Green Party with a "memo" regarding intelligent, practical cooperation - or at least dialogue - on The Sanders Question. Despite the piece being read and shared much more widely than I would have expected - thank you, good … Continue reading Special Guest Post: A Pro-Sanders Dissenter Speaks

12 Reasons to Donate to Kshama Sawant RIGHT NOW

Socialist Kshama Sawant is in the fight of her political life against an angry corporate-backed Democrat determined to spend whatever it takes to defeat the only socialist councilmember of a major city in the US in decades. Since she doesn't accept corporate cash, she needs YOUR MONEY. Since ballots are due on August 4, there's no … Continue reading 12 Reasons to Donate to Kshama Sawant RIGHT NOW

Let’s Get It Together: A Memo to Socialist Alternative, the ISO, the Green Party, and Everyone Else about Bernie Sanders

If we quit the Race to the Correct Position, cool off and shut up a little bit, we might actually get something done By Jay Monaco (Author’s Note: I am a dues-paying member of Socialist Alternative in good standing, but the following represents my own views, and my own views alone. It should not be … Continue reading Let’s Get It Together: A Memo to Socialist Alternative, the ISO, the Green Party, and Everyone Else about Bernie Sanders

The Great Big Labor Tweakout of 2015

by Jay Monaco Yeah, all that stuff I said about labor and the TPP? Totally never mind, guys. Never mind. Forget it. I wrote about how the leaders of labor, so often pleading impotence, revealed themselves little Machiavellis in the halls of power during the Trade Promotion Authority fight, winning the day by browbeating democrats … Continue reading The Great Big Labor Tweakout of 2015